Negotiation and negotiation in the workplace is also a unique opportunity to create a strong local union. Claims and agreements are a great way to recruit new members and involve more members in the union. The objective of collective bargaining is to reach an agreement between employers and workers. Members can contribute to the discussion by talking to their representatives during negotiations. A group of UNISON representatives may form a tariff category to reach, for example, an agreement on better pay or pension changes. This can be done at the local or national level. Collective bargaining is the process of negotiation during meetings between representatives and their employers, often to improve pay and conditions. The collective bargaining process allows workers to approach employers as a single group. In order for representatives to conduct collective bargaining on wages and working conditions, unions must be « recognized » by the employer as speaking on behalf of our members. This objective is generally achieved through a recognition agreement defining the negotiation procedures between management and trade unions, as well as the opportunities available to trade unions (for example. B breaks). The aim of the negotiations is to reach an agreement. Negotiations should not be confused with « consultation, » which is just an exchange of views between workers and their employer.
However, skilled negotiators can turn consultation into negotiation. Once the employee and the employer have reached an agreement, it is signed and maintained either for a fixed period or until replacement. To reach an agreement, both sides must be open to new ideas and be ready to accept change. If there is no agreement, negotiations may be interrupted and trade unions may resort to trade union action. If union action is needed, UNISON`s regional offices participate and advise you on best practices. They may also negotiate non-wage issues, such as working hours, planned redundancies or the right to flexible work for caregivers. Currently, employers do not have a legal obligation to respond to requests for flexible work, so bargaining can be a useful way to encourage an employer to implement flexible work arrangements. It can be followed by a series of meetings to discuss the issue in depth. If you are attending one of these meetings, it is just as important to listen carefully and ask questions as it is to present your case properly. Clear and effective communication during negotiation is important because it can help others understand your point of view.